Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Take advantage of wordpress’ Update Services

wordpress-logo-updateQuite often webmasters ask a very simple question, yet can be termed as the ‘Million Dollar’ question. “How can I get more traffic to my sites” While there is no definitive answer to that and there is no magic pill that can get your site good traffic, the chances of increasing your traffic is much higher with WordPress. One of the simple ways to get traffic to your websites starts by letting other sites or services know that you have new content published on your site.

WordPress has an in-built feature that allows webmasters to define a list of sites or services such that every time you hit the publish button, your URL is automatically ‘pinged’ to these services. This featured can be accessed under Settings>Writing>Update Services.

What is the update services

Update Services are tools you can use to let other people know you’ve updated your blog. WordPress automatically notifies popular Update Services that you’ve updated your blog by sending a XML-RPC ping each time you create or update a post. In turn, Update Services process the ping and updates their proprietary indices with your update. Now people browsing sites like Technorati or Sphere can find your most recent posts!

To quote pingomatic, one of the premier ping sites:

So why would you want to be on these sites? One word: traffic. Blogrolling scripts like and WordPress check update services to see if you’ve updated and then shows it on everyone’s site — usually by moving you to the top of people’s blogrolling list or putting a recently updated indicator by your link. Services like Technorati spider your links to track who links to you and who you link to; almost in real time. If you show up on someone’s Technorati link list (often called an “egorati search”) they’re likely to visit your site to see what you said, increasing your exposure. Other sites like and list recently updated blogs. Lots of people browse these when they’re bored. Many of the services offer their own forms for pinging their own service, but keeping track of all those services is a hassle.

In order to take advantage of the Update service facility, one needs to understand the term RPC-XML

XML RPC is nothing but an XML remote procedure call that transmits your XML data via the HTTP to a list of servers. Most commonly known as RSS or XML feeds. Let’s end the technical stuff here. One common question that might come up is, why ping?

Reasons to ping your websites/articles

Making use of the pinging services, gives search engines spiders a higher probability to index your blog, website or article quicker. And you know that being in better rank means traffic for your blog and money for yourself. Pinging or Update services makes search engine crawl your link. Bear in mind that pinging your URL is quite different from social bookmarking. A good comparison would be that pinging is to search spiders and sites, what social bookmarking is for us humans.

Without much further ado, here is a list of ping sites you can use. In order to use this go to your ‘Writing settings’ page and scroll to the ‘Update services’ section and paste the links below. So the next time you click ‘Publish’ you can be sure that your article or content is being distributed far and wide.

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